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Southwestern shrimp with pineapple salsa

Yes, I have a lot of fresh pineapple at my disposal right now. This is the second time this week I am making a recipe using pineapple – and I don’t mind it in the least! I love fresh pineapple!!! I could snack on plain pineapple all day long, but I also like to use it as an ingredient to enhance recipes, such as making this pineapple salsa with shrimp.

I love southwestern flavors and I love seafood – the two concepts I combine in this simple dish. The shrimp is coated in southwestern spices: cumin, oregano, chili powder, paprika, garlic, plus salt and pepper. It is cooked on the stove top on high heat for a short time – I don’t want to overcook the shrimp! It can also be grilled, but this is a weeknight dish for me, so I don’t have time for the grill.

Southwestern shrimp with pineapple salsa

The pineapple salsa is simply delicious! Fresh and bright in color, it’s full of anti-oxidants, fiber, and other nutrients. I have a hard time staying away from it, so usually very little of this salsa makes it to the actual dinner table, and I simply have to make a double batch. You might have to double the salsa recipe – it’s too addicting!


Placing shrimp spiced up in southwestern spices on top of pineapple salsa creates a pure delight! And it only takes about 30 minutes (maximum 40) to throw everything together! Perfect weeknight dish for seafood and shellfish lovers!

Southwestern shrimp with pineapple salsa

Southwestern shrimp with pineapple salsa

Prep time: 30 minutes

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients for pineapple salsa:

  • 2 cups pineapple, chopped in small cubes
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup canned sweet yellow corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped in small cubes
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for shrimp:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 22 (count) peeled and deveined shrimp, with tails still attached, if you want
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1) Mix all chopped ingredients for pineapple salsa in a large bowl, add lime juice, add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to let the juices combine together.

2) Rinse the shrimp.

3) Mix salt, pepper, sage, paprika, oregano, cumin, and chili powder in a medium size bowl. Add shrimp to the bowl with spices and mix and toss to coat shrimp with spices.

4) Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan on high heat. Add shrimp, coated with spices, and cook about 3 minutes on each side, until shrimp becomes red in color on each side. Remove pan from heat.

5) To serve, place a large scoop of pineapple salsa on each plate and top with the desired amount of shrimp.

Southwestern shrimp with pineapple salsa

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  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 7, 2013, 7:31 pm

    Mmm this looks delicious! Shrimp lover right here.

  • Monique May 7, 2013, 8:01 pm

    I love pineapple salsas with shrimps..Julia..yours look like a party on a plate~:)

  • [email protected] May 7, 2013, 8:22 pm

    Love how you piled the shrimp on top of the salsa. Looks gorgeous!

  • Julia: This is one of the most tempting dishes of yours!!! I love how delish this plate of goodness looks and also how colorful and celebratory is…

  • [email protected]'s Recipes May 8, 2013, 10:26 am

    Gorgeous summer colour! These shrimps are so tempting!

  • Ashley May 8, 2013, 2:39 pm

    That pineapple salsa sounds amazing! I keep meaning to buy a pineapple at the food store … maybe this will remind me next time I go : ) I don’t like shrimp (I know, I’m weird!) but I can see it going with plenty of other things too!

  • Rosa May 8, 2013, 6:27 pm

    A scrumptious combination! This dish is wonderful.



  • [email protected] May 8, 2013, 7:17 pm

    I’m enjoying lots of pineapple at the moment too! I love pineapple salsa. Never combined it with shrimp, though, but I will! Good stuff – thanks.

  • Yelena May 8, 2013, 8:49 pm

    I have lovely shrimp in my refrigerator and I was wondering what to make. And here you are with scrumptious recipe and gorgeous presentation as usual. Will definitely make soon!

  • The Squishy Monster May 8, 2013, 10:50 pm

    Love how these spiced succulent babies are leisurely strewn on a healthy bed of this amazing salsa!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 8, 2013, 11:21 pm

    Shrimp on salsa?! Sign me up 😀

  • Amy Tong May 9, 2013, 12:15 am

    wooo….this Southwestern shrimp with pineapple salsa is looking awesome. I love the spices you used to create the southwestern flavors. I agree, fresh pineapples are so good. It’s a refreshing way to enhance a recipe. 🙂 Now, I regret I didn’t grab that gorgeous pineapple from the market this afternoon. But I need to free up some space in my fridge first. It’s currently packed with strawberries and blueberries and all kinds of veggies from the farm. 😛

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu May 9, 2013, 12:31 am

    I love all the bright colors and the shrimp looks perfectly cooked!

  • Bread & Companatico May 9, 2013, 4:48 am

    I love the picture with the shrimp on the fork! Will have to copy the idea one of these days.
    my American husband would love this recipe, bookmarking it for when I feel like being a good wife…
    and sourdough is extremely easy (easier than commercial yeast which gives less consistent results) once you have a good starter (it takes about a week to make one and can lasts for a lifetime). I would send you mine but I think it would not survive the oversea flight 🙂

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets May 9, 2013, 12:14 pm

    I could eat shrimp every single night. YUM>

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction May 9, 2013, 8:36 pm

    I love shrimp and am always looking for new ways to eat it! Pineapple salsa sounds amazing right now!

  • Barb May 10, 2013, 4:43 pm

    Just beautiful! and looks so delicious!

  • susan August 1, 2013, 2:07 pm

    Just love this recipe! I’m addicted to it! thanks Julia for posting!

    • Julia August 5, 2013, 10:54 pm

      So glad to hear that! I am addicted to tropical fruit salsa and seafood as well. 🙂

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